Biden: US will revise sanctions regime on Myanmar

President Biden announces US sanctions on Myanmar military over coup

Biden: US will revise sanctions regime on Myanmar

The President called the military coup in the country a direct attack on its transition to democracy

The United States will immediately review the sanctions regime on Myanmar and take “appropriate action” after the military coup in the country, President Joe Biden said on Monday..

“Over the past decade, the United States has rolled back sanctions against Burma (Myanmar) based on its progress towards democracy,” Biden said in a statement. “Reversing this progress will require an immediate review of existing laws and sanctions regulations, followed by appropriate action.”.

The President called the current situation in Myanmar a direct attack on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law.

He called on the international community to demand that the Burmese military withdraw from power, release detainees, lift restrictions on telecommunications and not use violence against civilians..

The White House statement emphasizes that the United States opposes any attempts to alter the results of the recent elections in Myanmar or obstruct its transition to democracy and will take action against those responsible if the last steps are not reversed..

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, answering the question of whether this statement is directed at China, stressed that it is addressed to all countries in the region.

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US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on the military leadership of Myanmar to release the de facto leader of the country, Aung San Suu Kyi and other detainees.

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Robert Menendez, a leading Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the US and other countries “must impose severe economic sanctions and other measures” against the army and military leadership of Myanmar if they do not release elected leaders and step down from power..

“Committing another coup is a tragedy for the people of Burma after ten years of work to create a democratic civilian government,” Menendez said in a statement..

He also accused the Myanmar army of genocide against the Rohingya, although the US government did not officially give such a definition..

Senior Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff also called for sanctions against “senior military leaders responsible for the coup.”.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called Burma arrests “horrific” and demanded a decisive response.

“The Biden administration must take a firm stand, and our partners and all democracies around the world must follow suit in condemning this authoritarian attack on democracy,” he said. “We must support the people of Burma on their path to democracy and hold accountable those who stand in their way.”.

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